Colorado National Guard members visit local schools in helicopter for Red Ribbon Week

Colorado National Guard members will land a helicopter at Colorado schools in Alamosa, Colorado Springs, Denver, Pueblo and the surrounding areas Oct. 10-27, 2023, to deliver a message about the importance of drug-free living and making positive choices to Colorado youth around the state.

The CONG Joint Counter Drug Task Force is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration and law enforcement officials during Red Ribbon week.

“Red Ribbon Week allows us to highlight and bring together public servants such as teachers, fire fighters, and police to deliver a unified message of making healthy life choices and living a drug-free life across our great state,” Colorado Counterdrug Senior Enlisted Advisor U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. David Ceja said.

Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs facing our community, and encourages parents, educators, business owners, and other community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles.

In 1985, drug traffickers killed DEA Special Agent Enrique S. “Kiki” Camarena. Shortly after his death, citizens from his hometown of Calexico, California, began wearing red ribbons to remember him and commemorate his sacrifice.